Who does not love a homemade Holiday Cheese Ball? Take a look at this easy and nutritious spin on a traditional cheese ball. You may be wondering what makes this cheese ball healthier than a traditional cheese ball.  Great question, this cheese ball recipe contains greek yogurt cream cheese! If you have not tried greek yogurt cream cheese, it has 4 times the amount of protein and half the fat of traditional cream cheese and the texture is so wonderful, you will not be able to taste the difference.

You maybe wondering how to add the stem to the pumpkin shaped cheese ball, you simply need to cut off the stem of a bell pepper and stick it on top of the cheese ball and you created a fun, unique Thanksgiving friendly or Halloween friendly cheese ball.  You could also do something clever to turn this cheese ball into a Christmas or Hanukah cheese ball by adding some festive toppings.

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Thanksgiving Cheese Ball

Course: Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine: American
Condition: Diabetes, Nut Free
Servings: 16 servings


  • 2 8 oz blocks greek yogurt cream cheese
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tbsp thyme fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  • In a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment, combine all ingredients and beat until smooth.
  • Use a spatula to scrape cream cheese mixture onto the center of a large piece of cling wrap. Form cream cheese into a ball and close cling wrap tightly around the ball. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • Cut the stem off of a bell pepper. Remove cheese ball from fridge. Remove cling wrap and place on serving tray. Press stem onto top of cheese ball. Serve with crackers and/or veggies.


Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 2mg


Please note:

Nutrition info is approximate and may contain errors.

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